Club football is back this weekend with a tantalising set of matches to feast your eyes on across Europe. Here are 10 of our best bets and value picks from Europe’s big five leagues that could make you some extra cash.
Watford v Man United (Saturday)
Manchester United will travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under severe pressure at Old Trafford and cannot afford a repeat of his side’s performance the last time they visited Vicarage Road where the Hornets claimed a stunning 2-0 win. With a trip to Stamford Bridge to face leaders Chelsea next weekend, the Red Devils will want to go into that clash on the back of a top performance.
Tottenham v Leeds United (Sunday)
Antonio Conte will take charge of his first Premier League home game as Spurs boss when his side host Leeds United on Sunday. The Italian’s first league match in charge ended in a goalless draw at Everton. While it was a first clean sheet since Gameweek 3 for the north London side, they failed to muster a single shot on target. But Harry Kane scoring seven goals in England’s two qualifiers doesn’t bode well for a Leeds side yet to keep a clean sheet away from home this season.
Barcelona v Espanyol (Saturday)
Barcelona entertain Espanyol on Saturday in the first Barcelona city derby of the season. The game will mark the start of a new era under Xavi – who succeeds Ronald Koeman as Blaugrana manager – and the 41-year-old will aim to get his club back on track and challenging. Espanyol will be out to end a 15-match away winless streak (W0 D5 L10), but Barca have got the better of them of late, unbeaten in their last 22 La Liga matches (W17 D5 L0).
Real Sociedad v Valencia (Sunday)
Real Sociedad will be looking to maintain their place at the top of the La Liga standings when they host 11th-placed Valencia at the Reale Arena on Sunday. Imanol Alguacil’s men have made a superb start to the 2021/22 season, losing just once in 13 games, winning eight and scoring 19 goals in the process. They are unbeaten on home soil, winning four in six games in front of their fans. Valencia meanwhile are winless in four away matches, losing three times.
Arminia Bielefeld v Wolfsburg (Saturday)
Wolfsburg take on relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga on Saturday. The hosts picked up their first win of the campaign with a 1-0 victory at Stuttgart last time out and will bid to carry on building momentum. As for Wolfsburg, Florian Kohfeldt has made an immediate impact since replacing Mark van Bommel, guiding the Wolves to two straight Bundesliga wins over Bayer Leverkusen and Augsburg, keeping clean sheets in both of those games.
Borussia Dortmund v Stuttgart (Saturday)
Borussia Dortmund are looking to get back to winning ways as they welcome Stuttgart at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. The hosts, who sit second on the league table, have been excellent at home this season with six wins in six Bundesliga contests with 19 goals scored and eight conceded. Stuttgart meanwhile sit 15th in the table and find themselves on a five-match away winless streak (W0 D3 L2).
Atalanta v Spezia (Saturday)
Atalanta host Spezia at the Gewiss Stadium in Serie A on Saturday. La Dea are fourth in the league table and come in on a five-match unbeaten streak. Spezia, on the other hand, are languishing in 16th place, two points above the relegation zone. The Little Eagles have lost their last three away games and were thumped 3-1 by Gian Piero Gasperini’s side on their last trip to Bergamo.
Genoa v Roma (Sunday)
Jose Mourinho will take on a familiar face in the shape of his former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko when Roma travel to Genoa in Serie A on Sunday. Following two straight league defeats against AC Milan and Venezia, the Giallorossi will be desperate to get back to winning ways and show their top-four credentials. And they’ll fancy their chances against a Genoa side languishing in 17th place – and who they’ve beaten in their last three meetings.
Brest v Lens (Sunday)
Lens take on Brest in a Ligue 1 clash at the Stade Francis-Le Ble on Sunday. Brest are currently struggling in 17th in the table, while Lens are flying high in second place. After going winless in their first 11 matches, Brest have finally found some form, picking up two straight wins against Monaco and Lorient. Lens meanwhile come into the fixture off an emphatic 4-0 victory over Troyes, but their last two games on the road have ended in defeat.
Strasbourg v Reims (Sunday)
Strasbourg host Reims at the Stade de la Meinau in Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon. The hosts find themselves currently in eighth place, while the visitors sit 16th in the table. Having won four of their last five home matches convincingly, Les Coureurs will be expected to pick up maximum points against a Reims side winless in five matches.